Tanzania, famously known for being the home of Africa's highest mountain (Mount Kilimanjaro), is a country that lies within the African great lakes region of East Africa. Tanzania shares its border with various other neighbouring countries including Uganda on the northern part of the country, Kenya to the north-east, the Comoro Islands and the Indian Ocean to the east, Mozambique and Malawi to the south, Zambia on the south-west, Rwanda, Burundi and DRC on the west. The capital city of Tanzania is Dodoma, and the largest city of the country is Dar es Salaam which is located along the beautiful coast of the Indian Ocean. Tanzania's currency is the Tanzanian Shilling (TZS).
Tanzania was under German rule from 1880 until 1919 when the British occupied the country and colonised it until it got its independence on 9 December 1961 under the leadership of its first president, Julius Nyerere.
Travel Tanzania Climate
For the most part, the climate in Tanzania is pretty much comfortable all year round. You will find that during the rainy season the tropical coast will be hot and humid, with heavy rains, whereas the central plateau is mostly arid and much cooler. Tanzania is one of the countries that has two rainy seasons, and the heaviest rains, known as the Masika, fall from mid-March to May, while the shorter rain season, called the Vuli, begins in November to mid-January.
The summers mostly last from November to March, although there is always a possibility of afternoon rain showers. The dry season, with cooler temperatures, is from May to October. This comfortable and accommodating weather should be enough to excite any Travel Tanzania enthusiast.
Tanzania is known for its vast magnificent wilderness area that is home to the plains of the Serengeti National Park, host to “The Big Five" game that includes elephants, lions, leopards, buffalo and rhinos, making this Park one of the best safari destinations in Africa.
The other Park that is worth visiting is the Kilimanjaro National Park, home to Mount Kilimanjaro, which is the highest mountain in Africa, famously known as "The roof of Africa".
For more wildlife expeditions, visit the mountain forest of Mahle National Park for a close-up look at the wild chimpanzees in their natural territory.
Tanzania is also known for its beautiful and breathtaking beaches, which include the ones along Zanzibar Island, known as Africa's tropical island, where you can explore the reefs and enjoy various water activities.
One of the other ‘must see’ sights is that of the Ngorongoro Crater with its picture-perfect view. This crater is the world's largest intact volcanic caldera and is actually referred to as the eighth wonder of the world. Travel to Tanzania for all the beauty, charm and adventure!
Tanzania's population is estimated to be around 60 million as of 2020, which is the equivalent of 0.77% of the world's population.
63.1% of the country is Christian, with the largest percentage being Roman Catholic, and the rest Protestant.34% of the country is Sunni and Shia Islam, 1.8% is traditional faith, and 1.1% is other or no denomination.
Tanzania's official languages are English and Kiswahili.
Swahili is the most spoken language, with over a hundred other different languages being spoken around the country.